Continue to support Relay For Life cause

Published 4:26 pm Monday, April 27, 2015

It is no secret that residents in Chilton County enjoy Relay for Life, the signature fundraiser of the American Cancer Society.

Although the concept of cancer is not enjoyable for anyone, the pursuit of finding a cure is something everyone can help work toward, which is why the event in Chilton County is one of the largest events held each year.

Relay For Life reaches people in the communities where individuals and families are affected by cancer.

Relay seeks to raise money to find a cure for cancer, and as of Thursday evening, a total of $84,730.32 was raised in Chilton County.

The event was originally planned to be held at Goose Pond Park in Clanton after previously being held at Clanton City Park, but the threat of rain in the forecast forced organizers to hold the event at the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center.

The theme of this year’s Relay effort is “Lights, Camera, Cure.” Teams have been asked to pick a movie to be their individual theme and design their T-shirts, decorate their camp sites and even dress as characters from the movie they choose.

The fundraising goal for Chilton County’s 2015 Relay For Life is $135,000.

Performances will be held mostly from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday including “Relay Idol,” which will feature Chilton County High School “Blast from the Past” crew members having a “singoff.” Donations will be collected, and whoever collects the most money will be the winner. There will also be the annual Luminaria Ceremony, a release of sky lanterns and Fight Back Ceremony will all follow the Survivor Lap.

It is hard to find someone in this day and age who has not been affected by cancer in some way, but it is encouraging to see a community full of people willing to find a cure.

As life shattering as cancer is, it is important that we all work in Chilton County to help make cancer history.